Arm Lift Introduction
As we grow older, it is typical for our skin to start losing the elasticity and tight contour it had in the past. This laxity commonly occurs between the shoulder and the elbow. Whether your arm skin is loose and flabby due to gravity or it is stretched out due to weight loss, an arm lift may be just what you need to tighten your skin and create a firmer, younger contour. An arm lift, also known as “brachioplasty”, surgically thins and reshapes the area of your arm between the shoulder and elbow. By removing excess fat deposits and skin in this area to reshape and improve the contour, plastic surgery specialist Dr. Kim can give you a more toned upper arm appearance.
Choosing Arm Lift
Choosing to undergo an arm lift procedure is a highly personal decision, and you should only elect to have this surgery if it is right for you and not because you want to meet anyone else’s expectations. If you want a firmer, more youthful appearance and fitness and weight loss efforts have not allowed you to reach your goal, then this type of surgical intervention may be right for you.
A variety of people elect to undergo arm lifts. Patients at normal weights who want tighter, firmer contours may elect to undergo this procedure. Massive weight loss patients with significant excess skin in the arms are good candidates as well. It is important to note that patients who want an arm lift should not smoke, should be in good physical health, at a stable weight, and have realistic goals and desires for surgery.
During your individualized consultation with Dr. John Kim in his offices in Streeterville in downtown Chicago, he will take a close look at your problematic body areas, so he can customize a treatment plan specifically for you. He will ensure you fully understand the risks of the procedure so you are able to make an informed decision.
The Arm Lift Procedure
Dr. John Kim adjusts the pattern and length of the incision for arm lift surgery based on the location and amount of excess skin and fat to be removed. The incision could be a very small one contained entirely within the armpit, if you are a patient with a small amount of excess skin in the upper arm. Or, the scar may be larger and run from the elbow, through the armpit, and onto the side of the back if you are someone with significant upper arm excess (as with massive weight loss patients). Your scar will remain visible over time; however, many of Dr. Kim’s patients are very pleased with their tighter, more contoured upper arms, making the scarring worth it. During your personalized consultation with Dr. Kim, he will discuss incision patterns with you and help you decide which option is best. Often, Dr. Kim is even able to place a large incision in a discrete location where it is not easily visible.
During your arm lift procedure, Dr. Kim may elect to do some liposuction in addition to the lift. This will help reduce the fat deposits present in your upper arm. Once he removes the excess skin with the lift and excess fat with liposuction, he will place support stitches in your arm to form and support the new contours. Your incision will then be closed with normal sutures.